Management Tip of the Day: Holding back the tears at work

Wed Feb 2, 2011 11:09am EST
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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - Many people have times when they want to have a good cry at their desks. Getting out for some fresh air is just one solution, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"Most people have moments at work that make them want to cry: a colleague gets laid off, your idea is criticized, or you receive a particularly bad performance review. No one is immune to hurt feelings.

Next time you feel like shedding a tear at work, here's what you can do instead:

1. Get out of the office. Excuse yourself politely and then head to the nearest bathroom, coffee shop, or your car. Get some fresh air, call a friend and have yourself a good cry.

2. Revisit the situation. Once you've had a chance to calm down, take another look at the situation. If you were wronged, speak with your colleague in private and explain why his treatment was unjust. Maintain your composure and offer a suggestion of how it might be better handled next time."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "How Not to Cry at Work, Even If John Boehner Does" by Jodi Glickman.

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